First Lady Michelle Obama is continuing her work on raising awareness for education for girls, traveling to Liberia with her mom and daughters Malia, 17, and Sasha, 15, for the first leg on a three-part Let Girls Learn trip that also includes Morocco and Spain.
President Obama and the First Lady launched the Let Girls Learn initiative last March, and now the United States Agency for International Development is contributing $27 million towards the program in Liberia in connection with Michelle's work there.
The mom of two took to Instagram Monday evening to share inspiring photos and videos from her visit.
"You don't have to be somebody different to be important. You're important in your own right," the First Lady captioned one shot that shows her embracing a little girl dressed in a bright purple dress and head scarf.
"You don’t have to be somebody different to be important. You’re important in your own right. Nobody wants you to act like a boy. People want and need to value you because of who you are, because of your story, because of your challenges. That’s what makes you unique." —@MichelleObama talking with young girls in Unification Town, Liberia. Follow along with the First Lady during her #LetGirlsLearn trip to Africa & Spain on Snapchat 👻 'MichelleObama'
In another image, a young woman in a classroom stands and addresses Mrs. Obama, who wears a floral-print Marni dress, and a group of women, telling her, "If we are educated, the nation will be educated."
Today in Liberia, a young woman, just 17 years old, told the First Lady "If we are educated, the nation will be educated." Overcrowded schools, teen pregnancy, having to work jobs to pay their school fees, overcoming the loss of family and friends in the Ebola crisis - the obstacles young girls in Liberia face are heartbreaking. But together, these young girls have learned to value themselves and gain strength from their parents and teachers who have supported them and pushed them to succeed in school. #LetGirlsLearn
A video on FLOTUS's Instagram account recaps a few scenes from Libera and teases her Tuesday visit to Marrakesh, Morocco, where she will meet with many girls, the majority who are the first in their family to attend high school.
We are taking you behind-the-scenes with the First Lady's #LetGirlsLearn trip abroad! 🌍Add 'MichelleObama' on Snapchat to see today's visit to a @PeaceCorps GLOW Camp and school in Kataka, Liberia. Next Stop: Marrakech, where she'll talk with girls from across Morocco, many of who are the first member of their family to overcome barriers and attend high school.
Watch the clip above.